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Old 04-27-2006, 09:02 AM
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building a fiberglass dash

I am making my own dash panel for my gauges and in the process am changing the shape of that area of my dash.
What I have done so far is cut a thin piece of luann then made a jig to hold it in shape and covered it with fiberglass resin. After that I layed the front and back of it with the woven cloth and resined that. I think that I want to add more cloth and resin to make it stronger but what I need to know is should I sand the current resin to make a better bond with the new stuff and which should I be using the woven mat or the fiber mat? Thanks
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:39 PM
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I am making my own dash panel for my gauges and in the process am changing the shape of that area of my dash.
What I have done so far is cut a thin piece of luann then made a jig to hold it in shape and covered it with fiberglass resin. After that I layed the front and back of it with the woven cloth and resined that. I think that I want to add more cloth and resin to make it stronger but what I need to know is should I sand the current resin to make a better bond with the new stuff and which should I be using the woven mat or the fiber mat? Thanks
I am in the process of making a 32 fiberglass rad shell fit the Walker that is already installed in my 29 Tudor. I had to shorten it and cut it in four places to make it wider. Anyway I sanded the areas where the new layers of glass were to be attached to the old. The sanding scuffs the area and as I had read at one time makes for a better hold.
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Which mat are you using, the woven or the other mat?
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the woven style is called cloth and the other stuff is called Mat..that being said I would use the mat to lay up a dash as it conforms better to odd shapes...if you carry on with your layup there is no need to sand between layers..if it has been setting around for a while like on a repair then sanding with an 80 grit paper will give you some tooth for adhesion..

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Thanks it has sat for a few days so I'll hit it with some sandpaper before adding to it.
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